Christene Lynch, Ph.D.

University Fellow

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Dr. Christene Lynch is a radio astronomer who has worked in a variety of different astronomy fields, from follow-up to gravitational waves, to studying magnetism in the lowest mass stars and extra-solar planets.  Their current research focuses on constraining the range of magnetic properties for cool stellar objects in order to understand magnetism in the broader population of stars. They plan to use a suite of low-frequency radio telescopes worldwide to complete a volume-complete observational campaign of low-mass stars. Christene will also use near-simultaneous targeted radio and optical observations to do detailed studies of key objects. These observational programs will more comprehensively identify the magnetic processes occurring in cool objects, inform planetary interaction models, and better quantify the impact of space weather effects.
After completing their PhD, Christene worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney doing low-frequency transient studies. Following this stint in Sydney, Christene then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia doing observational cosmology using the Murchison Widefield Array.
Outside of science, Christene also devotes a great deal of their time trying to make Astronomy and academia more inclusive. They have either chaired or been a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees at the institutions where they did their Postdoctoral work.

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Ph.D, Physics -- University of Iowa
B.S, Physics -- Gettysburg College